Bill Clinton in 'Good Spirits' Following Heart Surgery in NY

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Thu, 02/11/2010 - 8:50pm.

Former President Bill Clinton underwent heart surgery  Thursday after experiencing chest pains, doctors at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital confirmed.

Clinton, who underwent bypass surgery at the hospital five years ago, had a procedure to have two stents inserted into his native coronary artery.

"President Clinton is in good spirits and will continue to focus on the work of his foundation and Haiti's relief and long-term recovery efforts,'' his counselor, Douglas J. Band, said in a statement released by Clinton's office in New York.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was in Washington but was said to be heading to New York City to be at her husband's side. She received the news about her husband's condition after concluding a meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office.

Clinton, 63, has a history of heart problems. He had quadruple coronary artery bypass surgery in 2004 and later had complictions affecting his lungs that required another operation six months later.

He resumed an active life with the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation and its global projects and his wife's presidential campaign in 2008. He now serves as the United Nations special envoy to Haiti.

Clinton and former President George W. Bush were named in January as special presidential fundraising envoys in the wake of the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti. Clinton traveled to Haiti for a quick visit about 10 days ago.

News of his surgery broke in late afternoon and became the subject of tributes and commentary on the cable news networks. Experts on cardiovascular disease were brought on air to discuss the former president's condition, and longtime political analysts and commentators talked about Clinton's presidential years and his commanding personality.

  Tom Brokaw, who appeared on MSNBC's "Hardball," spoke about the Clinton era and video clips were shown of Clinton's speeches.

Following the operation, Clinton's doctors and office said the former president was in good spirits and would remain hospitalized at least overnight.

February 11, 2010 - source PoliticsDaily

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